1985. "24 x 36 1/4" board mounted with approximately 88 different sailor's knots; with dedication plate that reads 'Presented by Crew U.S.S. Constitution 1985'. Included is a 5" x 7" color photograph of Commander Sudholz with his wife receiving the knot board from a crew member. Item #18897
From the estate of Herman Otto Sudholz, Commander of the U.S.S. Constitution, the world's oldest man-of-war (launched in 1797), from September 1980 to June 1985. When Commander Sudholz retired as Commander of the U.S.S. Constitution on June 22, 1985 he had served as her captain longer than any other person (he took command of Constitution on September 26, 1980). While in Boston he served as President of the Wardroom Club, as an officer on the Board of the Copley Art Society, the Armed Forces YMCA, the USO, The Freedom Trail Foundation, and as an Overseer of the USS Constitution Museum Foundation among others. At his retirement ceremony, the crew of 'Old Ironsides' displayed their affection for 'The Skipper' by presenting him with a custom, handmade display of approximately 88 different sailors' knots, each hand-tied, labeled and mounted on a 24" x 36" board. The simple brass plate bears witness: "PRESENTED BY CREW USS CONSTITUTION 1985" (accompanied by an original photograph of the presentation ceremony) Provenance: Estate of Commander Sudholz. This is a heavy item and may require additional shipping.